Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Virus Alert

This showed up in my email inbox today. I just had to share it this play on all those pesky viruses. Very funny!

There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Worm-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive (WORK) from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with (WORK), put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest liquor store. Purchase the antidote known as:

Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE)
Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER).

Take the antidote repeatedly until (WORK) has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to five friends. If you do not have five friends, you have already been infected and (WORK) is controlling your life.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Windward Reports Advert on YouTube - funny

WindwardReports.com, a Boulder, Colorado company, is trying an innovative new means of advertising -- YouTube.com.

Does it work? Who's the market? Would you try anything like this? Check out the video and let me know what you think...

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Harry Potter Economics

After reading this post, all I have to say is that it's a bad idea when a business, any business, depends entirely on one client, one company, one product. I guess those associated with the Harry Potter phenomenon are no different.

From Businesspundit.com. . .

Businessweek has a look at the twisted economics of Harry Potter. While the book has been a financial windfall for some, it's been painful for others.

What should be a pot of gold for Harry's business partners is turning into an empty cauldron for many of them. The most successful literary brand in recent history has made its author a billionaire, but others have not fared so well. Retailers, spellbound by the chance to reach millions of Potter-obsessed customers, are cost-cutting for market share to the point where many stand to lose money. For book publishers, the tsunami distorts results in Potter release years, creating wild share-price swings and a distraction from other parts of the business. Even Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (TWX ), which has made billions off the Harry Potter movies, saw sales and profits drop last year and in the first quarter without a fresh Potter offering in the mix.

When an industry relies on a few blockbusters for most of their profit, some participants will do whatever it takes to gain market share and use the blockbuster as a loss leader. Then it becomes a race to the bottom where the winner is whoever can sustain losing money the longest.

I've seen the "one major client" problem with credit unions who started out dedicated to only one company for their membership. When the company reorganizes, downsizes, merges, or closes entirely, the credit union is in a shambles.

I've also seen small businesses fold when their one big client switches to another vendor or shuts down the project altogether. High tech companies struggle when the technology advances, usually in one big leap, that leaves them far behind in the race, if not obsolete.

As the saying goes... "don't put all your eggs in one basket." Diversify your portfolio.

Monday, June 18, 2007

BBC exemplifies web principles

7 Main Principles of the Web

There are few better websites than the BBC, and there are few organizations that truly get what the Web is about better than the BBC. I came across a set of 15 BBC Web Principles some time ago, and thought, "These should be the principles of the Web."

Fully seven of the principles could be summarized as follows: In a network, network. They deal with how organizations need to redefine themselves in a truly networked world. These principles are as follows:

  1. Do not attempt to do everything yourselves: link to other high-quality sites instead. Your users will thank you. Use other people's content and tools to enhance your site, and vice versa.
  2. Treat the entire Web as a creative canvas: don't restrict your creativity to your own site.
  3. The web is a conversation. Join in: Adopt a relaxed, conversational tone. Admit your mistakes.
  4. Make sure all your content can be linked to, forever.
  5. Maximize routes to content: Develop as many aggregations of content about people, places, topics, channels, networks and time as possible. Optimize your site to rank high in Google.
  6. Let people paste your content on the walls of their virtual homes: Encourage users to take nuggets of content away with them, with links back to your site.
  7. Link to discussions on the web, don't host them: Only host web-based discussions where there is a clear rationale.
What we have here is open-organization thinking. The BBC is thinking beyond its physical boundaries, beyond its staff boundaries. It is seeking to feed and be fed by the Web.

In the beginning of the Web was the link, not the word. Linking is an inherently open, collaborative, and sharing activity. To link demands thinking beyond the webpage, the cell, the silo, and the historical concept of the organization.

The Web organization is not measured by how many employees or webpages it has. It is measured by how linked it is. The web organization is nomadic. Its home is wherever its links are, wherever its content is re-published, wherever what it is about is being talked about. The Web organization thinks beyond the website.

The Web organization strives to be a hub, not an outpost. It actively seeks out and encourages others to link to it. The Web organization participates. It starts and contributes to conversations, and does not worry about who came up with the idea first.

The Web organization spends more time thinking about what it should share than what it shouldn't. Its first position is: Let's share this unless there's a really good reason not to. It assumes that its competitors know it already. It sees its strength in the network it is building, not necessarily what is on the network at any point in time.

The Web organization sees openness as a key strength and closedness as a major weakness. In summary, the organization that succeeds on the Web accepts this core principle: The Web is the organization.

Thanks Gerry McGovern at Marketing Profs Daily Fix Blog for this post.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Text messaging a breakthrough for hearing impaired

We were talking to a friend at an event last night when I got a text message on my cell phone. I casually checked the message and fired off a brief reply.

Afterward, our friend shared with us that her brother is deaf. She told us how cell phones and text messaging are real miracles for her brother; they've opened up a whole new world for him. By texting, he can now talk to anyone anywhere "just like everyone else -- and he's really fast!" She told us about the conversations they've had since he's discovered texting -- conversations they never could have had before.

Wow! I'd never thought about that before. I suddenly saw texting from a whole new perspective. I was in awe of this technology which I'd pretty much taken for granted until now. How cool to be able to communicate from anywhere, without all the extra equipment like TTY machines.

Texting saves Malaysian teen

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A Malaysian teen-ager woken by a night-time noise dashed off a warning text message to her mother just in time to be rescued from an intruder who burst into her bedroom.

Alerted by the mother's screams, relatives rushed to the rescue, breaking down a door and scaring off the man, who escaped through the back of the house, the New Straits Times said.
Salima Mohamad Noor, 17, said a man broke into her bedroom and placed a knife at her neck just as she finished sending the message on her cellular telephone.

"I was terrified and started screaming when he threatened to kill me," the newspaper quoted Salima as saying. "He also said no one would come to my rescue as he had already locked my mother's bedroom door from the outside."

But her mother's loud screams drew the attention of Salima's uncle, who kicked open the front door, frightening away the intruder, the paper added.

About 80 percent of Malaysia's population of roughly 26 million own a cell phone, statistics show, with many teenagers proficient in text messaging, as a cheaper way of talking to friends than telephone calls.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Boomer's Texting Vocabulary

Okay, this is for all you folks in "that demographic" group. Yea, I know, I'm right there with you.
The Boomer’s Texting Vocabulary… handy shortcuts for those of us of a certain age. Feel free to share with your BFF Jill.

WMG: Where’s my glasses?

WMK: Where’s my keys?

WAIITR: Why am I in this room?

WDIPMC: Where did I park my car?

IDR: I don’t remember [or "I don't recall" for Al G]

IFYRN: I forgot your real name

FANOI: F***, another night of insomnia
There are a lot more, and some great additions by commenters.

LinkedIn says it will own business networking

LinkedIn will compete with FaceBook and MySpace for online business networking, or so says CEO Dan Nye in this article by the Fortune technology staff. In his world, people will build one profile for their personal life (MySpace, FaceBook) and another for their professional life (LinkedIn). With upwards of 11 million members already signed up, the site is now adding 180,000 new members each week.

Are you LinkedIn?

Read on and find out what the future looks like for LinkedIn.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

What? Selling Tumbleweed Online?

I have to admit that this story really pissed me off.

When I told my sig-O about it, his response was, "We suck!"

This is one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" stories -- like the pet rock and one red paperclip. Doh!

If you've lost your faith in the Internet, this should restore it! Yes, Suzie, there really is a Santa Claus and you really can make money on the 'Net... and some people even do it by accident.

Hmmmm... do you think there's a market for clumps of dog hair? I've got plenty of that around the house I could sell.

Unusual Business Ideas That Work: How To Make Money Selling Tumbleweed Online

Friday, June 01, 2007

Send messages to loved ones -- after you're gone!

This sounds like the perfect opportunity to say, "Na na na na, I told you so!"

If you're asking, "How can this be possible," please take notice of how these messages will be delivered after the rapture. No fancy technology needed here.

My opinion... pretty clever.